DC Daily Puts Nicolas Cage “Superman Lives” Costume on Display

The 1990s never-made movie “Superman Lives” has achieved cult status, with fans fascinated by the story behind the film that was supposed to star Nicolas Cage as the very alien Man of Steel.

In a recent episode of the DC Daily video series, the costume designed for the movie was displayed for the first time outside of the Warner Archives.

(Fast forward 18 minutes, 20 seconds in to the video to see the unveiling)

While the DC Daily video does state it’s from the movie mentioned above, it’s actually more likely this is from the JJ Abrams “Flyby” version of the failed attempt to make a Superman movie.

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afriend
December 22, 2018 10:17 pm

Some of the test suits I’ve seen look decent in the rubber 90s look kind of way (why was that a thing again?) but others… Not so much.

Superman2878
December 22, 2018 10:19 pm
Reply to  afriend

I think it needs more colors to balance out the blue.

MattComics
December 22, 2018 11:33 pm
Reply to  afriend

(why was that a thing again?)

Batman ’89. Though the idea was supposed to be body armor but then it degenerated to the point where by Batman Forever the characters in the fiction were calling the suits rubber. Which is kind of like having Han Solo refer to the Falcon as a model.

redcape
December 25, 2018 12:28 pm

It has a plastic tone to it. Might be because of how bright the colors are. On the main page, if you scroll down to Henry standing their and compare his suit, it has some of the same exterior tones except it’s darker. MAYBE….that’s why ZackS stuck with the darker shade. Had it been that bright, might have come across as a bit cartoony.

JasEl
December 26, 2018 7:20 pm
Reply to  redcape

it has a “plastic tone” to it because it’s made of rubber and plastic. Color has nothing to do with it. The Batman suits had the same look and they were black.

redcape
December 27, 2018 8:34 pm
Reply to  JasEl

When did Batman’s suit ever have a glossy plastic look to it??

Randall
December 28, 2018 9:55 am
Reply to  redcape

Every Batman movie…ever?

Clark_Jo
December 26, 2018 10:07 am

Pretty sure that is the Flyby suit and they don’t know what they are talking about.
If you’ve seen the pictures and the documentary by John Schnepp, you can see that’s not the Lives suit.

Superman2878
December 27, 2018 11:22 am
Reply to  Clark_Jo

Is this the same suit that both Routh and Cavill wore for a screen test for the never made Superman movie?

Clark_Jo
December 27, 2018 12:34 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

That’s the one.

redcape
December 27, 2018 8:36 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I don’t know Spidey. I believe that Cavil did wear the suit that ChrisR used. Although BrandonR might have.

Clark_Jo
December 28, 2018 9:44 am
Reply to  redcape

He wore the Reeves suit for Man of Steel, but wore the Flyby suit for a screen test in 2004 as reported by Steve on 12 December 2013’s Speeding Bulletin.

Superman2878
December 28, 2018 12:20 pm
Reply to  redcape

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I found a link on google of those images. Amazing how even though both actors tried out for Superman for a movie that wasn’t made, they both still ended up playing Superman in different films.

Superman2878
December 29, 2018 10:14 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I kinda like this Superman suit design. It’s a shame that we will never see it on screen.

Superman2878
January 3, 2019 10:25 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

If only there were more photos and some video footage of these images. That way, we’d have a better idea of what this suit looked like as a whole. From this image, I can’t tell if Routh’s suit had the red trunks or just a red belt. It looks a like a muscle suit.

Superman2878
January 3, 2019 11:07 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Looking at this suit, if they were to bring in Routh’s Superman into the CW shows, I’d say that this suit could work well for Routh’s Superman.

Superman2878
December 28, 2018 12:21 pm

Happy Friday! Thumbs up to everyone!!! Stay Super fellow Superman fans!

Hollywood
January 2, 2019 9:07 am

Kind of looks reminiscent of the armored look everyone starting taking during Image Comics’ boom.

redcape
January 5, 2019 1:16 pm
Reply to  Hollywood

Yes it does. If fact the material(Cavill’s as well)look so “armored” and almost heavy that it would seem impossible to wear normal clothes on top of them.